Most of the fall sports at Capital City High School now have head coaches.
Coaches for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country and softball were announced Tuesday.
"As we continue to build our team at Capital City High School, we believe that each of these individuals will bring the leadership and vision needed to have successful programs year in and year out," Capital City High School principal Ben Meldrum said.
"They are charged with building winning programs that will help foster the success and growth of our students both in and out of the classroom while we develop and mold the culture at CCHS. Each of these individuals brings a unique set of experiences and expertise that will benefit our students and create a great experience for them during their time at CCHS."
It was also officially announced Robert Ndessokia will be the activities director at the high school.
"I can't say enough good things about Robert Ndessokia," Jefferson City Public Schools activities director Ehren Earleywine said. "He is a visionary and a great teammate who truly understands what JCPS needs to continue to raise the bar. Our district is fortunate to have someone like Robert on our team — he is truly a difference maker."
Ndessokia has served as Capital City High School activities director in recent months as well as being the activities director for the middle schools.
"We believe that all our coaches and directors will help set the culture of our school by serving as role models for our students every day and making sure our students have a great experience at Capital City," Ndessokia said. "We are striving to assemble a great team of leaders for all of our activities at CCHS, and each of these individuals will play a key role in starting timeless traditions that will last for years and years to come."
The head coaches approved in a vote Monday by the school board include:
- Levi Elder for boys and girls golf.
Elder is currently serving his first year as the boys and girls golf coach at Jefferson City High School.
"Levi Elder is doing a great job in his current roles with JCPS, and we believe he has a promising coaching career in front of him," Earleywine said. "He is honest, hard-working and will represent JCPS in a positive light."
- Magnus Holmstrom for boys and girls cross country.
Holmstrom is currently the head middle school cross country coach as well as an assistant track coach at Jefferson City High School. He served as an assistant in cross country for the Jays and Lady Jays from 2010-15.
"Coach Holmstrom has been dedicated to JCPS for many years and has earned the respect of his coaches, athletes and administrators," Earleywine said. "He is definitely a guy who leads with character first and we believe he will build long-term success as a result."
- Travis Cairer for boys and girls soccer.
Cairer has nearly 20 years of coaching experience, most recently as the Boys & Girls Youth (4-18 yrs old) head coach and director for Sedalia United Soccer Academy. Cairer previously was head boys and girls coach at Sedalia Sacred Heart and an assistant coach at Sedalia Smith-Cotton.
"Coach Cairer did a great job building the youth/feeder programs in Sedalia. Duplicating that successful model will be a key component to all of our activities' success at Capital City High School," Earleywine said. "He came highly recommended from his industry peers and will be a good fit for us as we get our program off the ground and running."
- Trevor Hibbs for softball.
Hibbs has more than 20 years of head coaching experience in high school, most recently at Warrenton. Under Hibbs, Warrenton won the Class 3 state champonship in 2015 and 2016. He was the Gateway Athletic Conference coach of the year from 2013-16.
"Coach Hibbs is a proven winner with valuable state titles under his belt," Earleywine said. "We strongly believe he has all of the attributes that make a great coach and strong potential to lead a winning team for CCHS."
Last month, Shannon Jolley was announced as the head football coach at Capital City. The only fall sport that does not have a head coach announced is volleyball.
Capital City High School will open this with freshman and sophomore students. All activities will compete at the varsity level with the exception of football, which will field a junior varsity team.